Threat Management, Malware, Phishing

Sony suggests phishing to blame after PlayStation accounts hijacked

Sony has warned gamers to avoid credential phishing scams after a spate of complaints from PlayStation users that they were locked out of their accounts and that their funds were stolen, the BBC has reported.

The company asserted to the BBC that its PlayStation Network was not hacked, following a rash of account hijacking complaints taking place over the last few days via social media sites including Twitter.

“We routinely monitor for irregular activity, and if such activity is detected, we may sometimes reset passwords of affected accounts to protect users and their account information," Sony said in a statement to the BBC. "We strongly advise users to keep a close eye on their accounts for unusual activity and avoid entering your username/password into unofficial sites looking to phish credentials based on fake promotions.”

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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